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Dive Review of Dive Antigua (aka "Dive Pro") in
Antigua

Dive Antigua (aka "Dive Pro"), Aug, 2008,

by William Ungerman, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 4274.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Tropical Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, etc.]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the divemaster, but this worked out okay
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments U/W photography support not addressed or evident

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We found "Big John" Birk on the Internet and booked him on-line before taking our Caribbean cruise. He is the sole proprietor and only person on his dive boat and is self-described (among a host of other personal descriptions) as "semi-retired." We took a taxi from the cruise ship dock to the Halcyon hotel because of John's concern's that the local taxi industry might take objection to his picking us up. At the Halcyon the family of four was picked up and transported in John's dilapidated VW van for a twent-five minute drive across Antigua (pronounced "An-tee-ga") to John's 37 foot boat (the "White Knight")docked at English Harbor. We dove "Barracuda Alley" and "The Pillars of Hecules." In both instances there was a Moon Jellyfish infestation from the surface to forty feet and it was a bit daunting but everybody made it through without a sting. John led the dive and wrote everything he saw out on an U/W slate. Some of it was mundane, some very interesting, (coral blenny and turtle tooth marks on the barrel sponges) and some designed to be hilarious (partially successful). The diving was okay judged by the Caribbean standard but no overwhelming experience. I'm not judging the whole of Antigua diving because we made only two dives out of one location. Antigua may not be diver paradise but if you find yourself here, it's worth investing in some underwater time.

John is a total character (truly); sort of a Buryl Ives kind of guy (for those of you old enough to make the reference). He mixed a rum drink concoction after the dives and drove us back to the ship dock. For some real personalized service and non-stop dialogue, John is your man. You could do a heck of a lot worse both diving and in service.
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